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About Sharjah Free Zones

Free zones in Sharjah have emerged as highly preferred business setup hubs in recent years. As an Emirate with highly affordable housing and business startup costs, Sharjah is a dream destination for anyone looking to live and set up business in the UAE. Besides affordability, Sharjah also provides unrivaled connectivity benefits to entrepreneurs. Blessed with a long coastline, Sharjah serves as an important trade and transportation hub. The presence of Sharjah International Airport and the nearby Dubai International Airport, further enhance the emirate's easy access to regional and international markets. To take advantage of these excellent connectivity benefits, Sharjah free zones like Hamriyah Free Zone Authority and SAIF Zone are respectively based near a port and an airport.

Sharjah Free Zone Benefits

Here are some of the many benefits you can avail of with a free zone business in Sharjah:
  • Cost-effective startup costs
  • Access to a skilled and diverse workforce
  • Proximity to ports and airports
  • Business-supportive policies
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Tax benefits*
  • Affordable living costs in Sharjah

Sharjah Free Zone Business Setup

If you are looking to set up a business in Sharjah, you have a diverse range of free zones to choose from. Free zones like SPC and Shams mainly focus on publishing and media industries respectively. On the other hand, we have free zones like SRTIP and SHCC which are primarily dedicated to R&D and healthcare respectively. Talking about industrial free zones, we have SAIF Zone and HFZA that span across large areas. It must be noted that though Sharjah’s free zones are largely industry-specific, they do have provisions for undertaking business activities other than the ones they are primarily dedicated to.

Steps to Avail a Sharjah Trade License Through a Free Zone

Here is how you can register a Sharjah free zone company:
  1. Trade name reservation
Naming your free zone business must be done as per the guidelines set by the free zone authorities.
  1. Submission of the application form
You will be required to sign the application form and submit it along with the relevant documents.

For individual shareholders:
  • Passport copy of the shareholder(s) and manager(s)
  • Passport-sized photo of the shareholder(s) and manager(s)
  • Latest UAE entry stamp/visit visa copy
  • Residence visa copy and Emirates ID of the shareholder(s) and manager(s) (for UAE residents)
  • Address proof of the shareholder(s) and manager(s)
For corporate shareholders:
  • Article of Association (AOA)
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA)
  • Business license (for an existing company)
  • Board Resolution
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  1. Trade license issuance
Once your application is approved, your free zone license will be issued by the authorities.

Popular Free Zones in Sharjah

Below we have discussed some of the most popular free zones in the Emirate of Sharjah. From healthcare to publishing, R&D to manufacturing, free zones in Sharjah cater to a wide range of industry sectors.

1. Sharjah Publishing City (SPC) Free Zone

SPC Free Zone offers over 1,500 business activities under categories like publishing, consultancies, wholesale and retail, etc. SPC is known for the convenience and flexibility it offers to entrepreneurs looking to set up a business in the UAE. With an SPC trade license, you have the flexibility to add up to 5 business activities from varied sectors. The free zone offers a diverse range of packages to match your budget and business needs.

2. Sharjah Media City (Shams) Free Zone

Shams is one of the most cost-effective free zones in Sharjah and offers a variety of business activities for setting up media and other types of ventures. The free zone regularly hosts workshops, training sessions, and webinars for media businesses. Shams offers facility options such as dedicated desk, shared desk, dedicated office, and shared office. A Shams business license allows a combination of different types of business activities.

3. Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) Free Zone

SRTIP Free Zone is a leading research and development hub in the emirate of Sharjah. The jurisdiction is well-known for affordable lease rates, quick company incorporation, and competitively-priced trade licenses. With SRTIP, you have a wide array of workspace options in the form of private offices, flexi-desks, and co-working spaces, and makes for an excellent option to set up a sharjah free zone company. Notably, the free zone also offers business setup packages for women entrepreneurs.

4. Hamriyah Free Zone Authority

Hamriyah Free Zone in Sharjah is one of the largest industrial free zones in the UAE and offers trade licenses for setting up businesses in sectors such as food, oil & gas, maritime, etc. The free zone offers top-notch facilities to industrial businesses in the form of offices, warehouses, and industrial lands. These facilities can be availed at extremely competitive lease rates. Moreover, HFZA offers on-site facilities for labour accomodation as well.

5. Sharjah Airport International Free Zone Authority (SAIF Zone)

As a free zone exempted from import and export duties, SAIF Zone offers unparalleled tax benefits to anyone looking to set up a company in Sharjah. It is a major industrial zone in Sharjah with benefits like excellent connectivity, on-site labor accommodation, and quick clearance of goods through on-site customs. Also, you can avail of excellent warehouse infrastructure and plots of land.

6. Sharjah Healthcare City (SHCC)

SHCC spans over a land area of 2.5 million square meters and is located in proximity to the Sharjah International Airport. Thanks to advantages like a state-of-the-art infrastructure and quick licensing process, SHCC is an ideal jurisdiction for setting up hospitals, clinics, wellness centers, and other healthcare facilities. Besides, you can also undertake activities involving production and import/export of healthcare-related products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Sharjah free zones:

Sharjah Industrial Area (comprising 19 industrial zones) is not a free zone but is a Sharjah mainland jurisdiction.

The license cost varies from one jurisdiction to another and depends on a variety of factors including the type of package you select.

Shams offers one of the cheapest company registrations in Sharjah.

Visa issuance in Sharjah and other emirates requires e-channel registration. This is not required for Dubai free zones.

Yes, with free zones like Shams, you can form your company without being physically present in the UAE.

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